Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 10 am - 4pm
Saturday 9 am - 1pm
Sundays 11am - 3pm

The Crematorium is closed on New Year's Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Out of Hours
Booking Service (pilot)


Glasgow Crematorium was opened in 1895 after the Scottish Burial Reform and Cremation Society (1888) was established as an educational body, designed to promote cremation as a more sanitary form of disposal for a fast growing population.

It became the UK’s third crematorium and Scotland’s first after a long search for an appropriate piece of land.  However, when the land at Glasgow’s Western Necropolis was bought in 1893, it was two years before the first cremation took place on April 13th 1895.

The Crematorium was built in the gothic revival style.  The architect used only the finest materials, including red sandstone and rare marble and included fine carvings, dogtooth ornament and a ‘descending catafalque’ which the Directors considered to be less of a departure from a traditional earth burial.

Cremations were extremely slow to catch on and, after ten years, only 191 had actually been carried out.  After a further 30 years the annual figure was still only 346 but that did not deter the Society and, in 1936, they set to work doubling the capacity of the chapel to 100 and building four additional floors onto the Columbarium.  In the late 1940’s, as a result of increasing popularity, a second chapel was commissioned, opening as an extension of the existing buildings in 1954.

Wall space in the Chapel was widely used for memorial plaques but by 1953 the space was entirely used up and it was therefore decided to instruct FG Marshall Limited to provide a Book of Remembrance that continues to be in use to this day.

More recently, in 1995, the Chapel suffered fire damage and extensive works were required to replace the original roof.  In the same year two Tabo Inex cremators were installed, finally coming into use in 1996. In 1997 the new Chapel was refurbished and the Book of Remembrance was relocated to the arcade area at the rear of the old chapel while its old room was converted into a waiting area.  And, finally in 2007, The Old Chapel has been the subject of an extensive refurbishment programme.

Glasgow Cremtorium & Chapel
The Scottish Cremation Society Limited is a charity registered in Scotland SC015310